Insurance broker Hays Group asked a Texas federal court Wednesday to grant summary judgment in a suit over coverage for an oil services contractor whose worker died in a terrorist massacre, saying Hays didn’t cause ambiguity regarding the worker’s status in the Ace American Insurance policy it sold to a recruiting firm.
A former Texas-based manager at JPMorgan Chase & Co. was sentenced by a New York federal judge to a year and a day in prison Thursday for what his public defender said was a gambling addiction-fueled $4.7 million theft from the bank.
An attorney for Uber asked a California federal judge Thursday to toss a putative class action alleging its upfront pricing model breaches its contract with drivers, saying their employment agreement clearly describes the payment plan and that it frequently benefits drivers who’d otherwise make less off promotional pricing.
The California Labor Commissioner’s Office on Wednesday announced that two towing companies in Southern California and the Bay Area have been cited for more than $4.8 million for alleged minimum wage, overtime and meal and rest period violations.
Business groups and insurance companies that have asked the Fifth Circuit to strike down the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule touted on Wednesday the support of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission member Michael Piwowar, saying his recent criticism of the rule should weigh on the appeals court’s decision.
House lawmakers unveiled a much-anticipated bill Thursday that would require businesses to exert direct control over individuals’ working conditions in order to be considered a joint employer under federal wage and labor laws, a tighter standard than one recently adopted by the National Labor Relations Board in its controversial Browning-Ferris decision.
The company behind the massively popular online multiplayer game Overwatch on Wednesday unveiled key details about its forthcoming Overwatch League, including player salaries, health and retirement benefits, and multimillion-dollar championship bonuses.
A California magistrate judge expressed skepticism Wednesday about Google Inc.’s request that 269 job applicants respond to nearly 3,000 discovery requests in a collective action accusing the tech giant of discriminating against older job seekers, saying some of the requests are “extremely broad” and he’s not sure they’re warranted.
The U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday pitted itself against a fellow government agency in a skydiving instructor’s suit alleging he was fired over his homosexuality, telling the full Second Circuit that Title VII doesn’t cover discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
An Illinois appeals panel on Tuesday overturned a circuit court jury verdict in favor of Union Pacific Railroad in the case of a worker hurt by a fall in a snowy rail yard, finding the judge had wrongly excluded evidence and ordering a new trial.
NFL cheerleaders on Wednesday appealed to the Ninth Circuit a California federal judge’s decision last week denying them a chance to amend a lawsuit alleging the league and a majority of its teams unlawfully conspired to suppress their wages, after the judge said attempts to fix the claims are “futile.”
As the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s whistleblower program continues to hand out multimillion-dollar awards, some companies and even state ethics boards are concerned that in-house attorneys could use their inside perspective to nab a bounty — while lawyers themselves face uncertainty about whether they’ll be punished for reporting wrongdoing.
Jones Day has hired a former Winston & Strawn LLP partner and a former Dorsey & Whitney LLP partner to the firm’s global labor and employment practice, the firm recently announced.
A California federal judge on Wednesday certified a class of Franklin Templeton retirement plan participants in a suit that claims the investment management company violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act by favoring its own funds rather than cheaper, better-performing outside funds.
Two Louisiana-based companies that provide contract shipyard labor violated federal immigration regulations by asking applicants and employees who were either immigrants or U.S. citizens to provide different sets of documents to verify their authorization to work in the country, the U.S. Department of Justice alleged Tuesday.
A Pennsylvania federal court refused Wednesday to let American Airlines duck allegations that it negligently supervised a male employee who assaulted a female co-worker in a break room after he had sexually assaulted her in her home and she had obtained an order blocking him from interacting with her at work.
A Florida federal judge has ruled that a strawberry farm did not violate the minimum wage provisions of federal labor law by failing to reimburse temporary workers from Honduras for recruitment fees collected by a staffing agency, saying they lacked evidence showing that the farm authorized the agency to collect the fees.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has told the Fifth Circuit that a lower court dropped the ball when it nixed a sexual harassment case brought by a grocery store cashier who says her husband was knocked unconscious by her alleged harasser in front of the couple’s son.
In a big win for Eaton Corp., a U.S. tax judge ruled Wednesday that the IRS abused its discretion by canceling advance pricing agreements involving the power management company's Caribbean subsidiaries, a move that led the agency to increase Eaton's 2005 and 2006 taxable income by roughly $370 million.
A former Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US LLC executive and lead labor negotiator has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Michigan for allegedly participating in a scheme to pay off a onetime United Automobile Workers vice president and his wife with more than $1.2 million in cash and gifts, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday.
Two efforts are currently underway to limit the effect of the U.S. Supreme Court's past decisions involving anti-class action arbitration clauses in both consumer and employment agreements. However, both efforts are under attack, says John Hansen of John Hansen Law.
Law firm management should understand the client’s reasons for requesting an alternative fee arrangement, and whether approving the fee will help grow the relationship with the client, say attorneys with WilmerHale.
Having embraced the notion that the right space can reinforce the right firm culture, law firm leaders have been evaluating real estate primarily for its physical properties. However, it's hard to be collegial, even in the coolest of in-house coffee bars, if your cost structure is untenable, says Craig Braham of Advocate Commercial Real Estate Advisors LLC.
Here, attorneys with Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP focus on the prohibited-transaction exemptions that are available to broker-dealers when their registered representatives recommend annuities to individual retirement account investors and the factors that firms may want to consider in deciding which exemption to use during the new fiduciary rule’s transition period.
Job descriptions are almost useless or even harmful if they inaccurately portray actual job requirements. On the flip side, robust, detailed and, most importantly, accurate job descriptions can save the day. Janet Hendrick of Fisher Phillips examines recent cases that illustrate the critical importance of job descriptions and offers tips for maximizing their benefits.
Cases are built on evidence and evidence comes from discovery. But discovery is largely a voluntary process. Serving a document subpoena on a third party can be an efficient and creative way to fill in the gaps that may exist in the productions of opposing parties, says Wyatt Dowling of Yetter Coleman LLP.
Lawyers move to New York City to work on some of the most sophisticated work the legal market has to offer. This exposure and experience is an amazing asset and many of the skills developed will make associates very marketable in the event they consider relocating to another market. However, this isn’t always the case, says Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre of Major Lindsey & Africa.
Only a handful of the largest U.S. law firms are led by women. Here, in their own words, are perspectives from Shook Hardy & Bacon Chair Madeleine McDonough, Crowell & Moring Chair Angela Styles, Morgan Lewis & Bockius Chair Jami Wintz McKeon and Goodwin Procter Chair Emeritus Regina Pisa.
Despite more focus and investment, the numbers continue to show little progress in advancing women to the top tiers of firm leadership. Considering the irreversible nature of the transformation of the market for top talent, it is time to start experimenting and innovating from the core, rather than from the periphery, say Anusia Gillespie and Scott Westfahl of Harvard Law School.
It can be challenging for midsize law firms to develop an enterprise cybersecurity program that mitigates the eminent threat of data breach and meets the regulatory and compliance requirements of the firm and its clients. This challenge becomes daunting when considering the steady rise in client audits, say K. Stefan Chin of Peckar & Abramson PC and John Sweeney of Logicforce.